When I first moved to Italy back in 2008, one of the biggest biggest culture shocks I experienced was the general apathy towards Halloween. I originally come from Canada, a country that like the USA enjoys celebrating Halloween as much as Christmas and Easter, so it was a surprise to see October 31st come and go as if Halloween didn't exist! I later learned that Halloween is more of a North … [Read more...] about Super Spooky Italian Halloween Vocabulary for Kids!
When I first started learning Italian over a decade ago, much of my studying was based on the traditional pen-and-paper format of writing down vocabulary and grammar in a notebook and trying to memorise everything by rote. Although this method worked better than simply twiddling my thumbs waiting for fluency to happen, it wasn't without its pitfalls. Sifting though mountains of scribbled notes, … [Read more...] about How to Use Anki Flashcards to Learn Italian Quickly
Food is an incredibly important part of Italian culture, so it is little wonder that so many of their most popular sayings and idioms contain words related to food and eating! In this article, I've come up with a list of ten of the funniest Italian sayings featuring food that I've encountered since I started learning the language. By using them correctly in conversation, you are guaranteed to … [Read more...] about 10 Funny Italian Sayings Featuring Food
Gorgeous is a popular adjective used to describe someone who is beautiful or something that is attractive or pleasant. It can also be used as a term of endearment to flatter someone. There isn't a direct translation for gorgeous in Italian, but there are lots of words that express more or less the same thing, and most of them have an English equivalent. You'll find all the most popular ones in … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Say Gorgeous in Italian
In the biographical romantic drama Eat Pray Love, unfulfilled business woman Elizabeth Gilbert – played by Julia Roberts – leaves behind her marriage, house and high-flying job in America to embark on a year-long spiritual journey of self-discovery in Italy, India and Indonesia. Her first stop is Rome where she spends four month stint learning the Italian language, eating so much pasta and … [Read more...] about Italian Words and Phrases from ‘Eat Pray Love’ (The Movie)
When I was a kid back in Canada, my friends and I used to have competitions in class to see who could roll their Rs the longest, much to our teachers' chagrin. Now, I don't have many claims to fame from my school years, but I can proudly say that when it came to tongue trilling, I was always the winner. Little did I know that this seemingly useless skill would serve me well later on in life … [Read more...] about 10 Beautiful Italian Words Beginning with the Rolled ‘R’